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Shingles - The Vaccine
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  1. How is this vaccine given?
    Zostavax is given as a single 0.65-mL subcutaneous dose. Zostavax is indicated for prevention of herpes zoster (shingles) in individuals 60 years old and older.

  2. If I think a service member has been exposed to shingles, what should I do as a medic or corpsman?

    Refer the service member to a health care provider for evaluation for special consideration of the chickenpox vaccine (not shingles vaccine).

    Remember Shingles cannot be passed from one person to another. However, the virus that causes shingles (VZV) can be spread from a person with active shingles to a person who has never had chickenpox through direct contact with the rash. The person exposed would develop chickenpox, not shingles. The virus is not spread through sneezing, coughing or casual contact. A person with shingles can spread the disease when the rash is in the blister-phase. Once the rash has developed crusts, the person is no longer contagious. A person is not infectious before blisters appear or with PHN (pain after the rash is gone).